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Social Desirability and Attitudes Towards Lesbians and Gay Men

[Speaker] Fernandez, Jerieka Nicole Isabella D:1
[Co-author] Balanag, Earl Marvin P:1, Evangelista, Marquee Denielle T:1, Matsumura, Mayumi:1
1:University of the Philippines (Philippines)

This study aimed to create a reliable and more accurate measure of attitudes towards lesbians and gay men (ATLG) than Herek's ATLG, wherein the basis for accuracy is the extent to which social desirability bias does not affect the scale scores. Social desirability bias was measured by using Cagasan's FSDS and the Marlowe-Crowne Short Form C. Two questionnaires were prepared, containing either the constructed scale (STLB) or Herek's ATLG, or the two social desirability measures. The scores from the social desirability measures were then correlated with the attitude scores. In addition, the mean scores for the ATLG and the new scale were compared using Welch's t-test. The results showed a high reliability for the STLB scale. The relationship between STLB and social desirability bias is significantly different from that of the ATLG, with STLB having a lower correlation with social desirability bias.
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